02.08.1887/1968–This Day in Alaskan History

1887–The General Allotment Act, also known as the Dawes Act, is enacted. Ostensibly aimed at encouraging individual land ownership to civilize Native Americans, the act was disastrous and had the effect of opening up Indian land to ownership by non-Indians. In less than 50 years, 90 million acres–two-thirds of the Indian land base of 1887–was lost.


1968–The Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs of the U.S. Senate, headed by Senator Henry M. Jackson, R-Washington, holds hearings on Senate Bill 2906 and related Native land claims in Anchorage. The hearings were from February 8th to February 10th.

Works Cited:

A Reference of Time–Alaskan Native History Day by Day by Alexandria J. McClanahan and the CIRI Foundation.

A Reference in Time


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